On Thursday (August 18), Adam Dean and Andrew Wesberg, who are two prominent members of the Cardano community, kindly took the time to clarify the current status of testing for the Vasil protocol upgrade.
Dean, who is currently co-founder of Buffy Bot Publishing, is a former stake pool operator (SPO); these days, he builds software that is powered by Cardano. As for Wesberg, he is an Android developers, as well as an SPO (“Blue Cheese St₳ke House“).
Their comments were made during a very interesting conversation with Dan Gambardello, Founder of Crypto Capital Venture, as well as the host of the very popular YouTube channel “Crypto Capital Venture”.
Based on what was said in this interview and what said by Dean and IOG Co-Founder and CEO Charles Hoskinson in recent tweets (posted in the past couple of days), here is a recap of what has been happening, and what lies ahead on the road to the Vasil hard fork combinator (HFC) event on the mainnet.
First, a very serious defect in release candidate 1.35.2 was discovered after some SPOs prematurely upgraded their mainnet nodes to this version:
Meanwhile, on the main Cardano testnet (which had been working perfectly fine for over two years), the majority of SPOs upgraded their nodes with release candidate 1.35.2 to “simulate a Vasil HCF event there,” which sadly managed to “catastrophically” break this important testnet, meaning that it now cannot be upgraded to release candidate 1.35.3. Although a couple of new testnets have been created to allow Cardano DApp developers and SPOs to test this latest version of Cardano, according to Dean and Wesberg, it is still early days, and until the community of DApp developers and SPOs has finished their testing on these new testnets (which could take a few weeks), they should not be upgrading on the mainnet since we cannot at this stage be super confident that there are no “showstopper” bugs in release 1.35.3.
According to data by Cardano PoolTool, so far (as of 3:30 p.m. UTC on August 19), 17% of Cardano stake pools have updated their mainnet nodes to release 1.35.3. There will be a Vasil HFC event on the Cardano mainnet once 75% of the mainnet nodes have upgraded to Vasil code (i.e. release 1.35.x, where “x” is 3 if no new defects are found).
Although what Dean and Wesberg are arguing for, i.e. not rushing to release 1.35.3 on the mainnet (since it has not gone through proper end-to-end testing on any of the new testnets), Hoskinson believes that release 1.35.3 is ready for the mainnet and so do some DApp develpers and SPOs.
For example, here is what the operator of the Digital Fortress stake pool said earlier today:
So, currently, it seems that we are on track for a Vasil hard fork on the Cardano mainnet sometime in September, and hopefully IOG, as well as Cardano fans in general, will not pressure DApps developers and SPOs into rushing the Vasil upgrade on the mainnet just because Cardano rival Ethereum is having its Merge event on September 15.
The IOG correctly pointed out earlier today that the timing of the Vasil hard fork on the mainnet is up to the SPOs and not IOG:
A couple of minutes ago (around 4:45 p.m. UTC on August 19), Hoskinson finished a live stream, during which he talked about release 1.35.3, and why he and the rest of the IOG feel so confident about it:
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